We're convinced it will happen - Douglas

Last updated : 23 January 2008 By Bigrich.....
Millmoor was as full as it has been for a few years as the club and Advertiser made the game against Wycombe 'United Rotherham' day to show RMBC and potential investors in the Millers that the fans were there to justify a new ground.

Today the clubs Cheif Operating officer Paul Douglas spoke to the Rotherham Star about the day and a possible imminent announcment of plans for the new community stadium.

"Everyone agrees the day was a great success and we just hope that the message has got through and that something we all want, can start to become a reality, The day wasn't just about the football club, it was about the town showing unity for the desire for a Community Stadium and Saturday's game was probably the best and most public way of doing that." Douglas said.

"The football club had headed up the plea to show support and we were absolutely delighted with the response which saw the biggest crowd for two seasons, almost 7,000, turn up. In fact, it was quite emotional when you looked around the ground and you saw so many people holding up those cards with United Rotherham on - there were little kids and their grandads all holding up a card. There was a fantastic feeling around the place and it led to a terrific atmosphere." he went on to add.

"From past experience, we know that the feeling for the club is there. We saw that when the club was in trouble and going under a couple of years ago and the support that was generated then both through the supporters and the town in general. But you need that show of support in front of you. It was more about proving to each other that, within the town, there is an amazing feeling for the club and that we can turn out and that we do care."

Douglas told the Star that there was a planned meeting with Rotherham MBC next month; "A lot of work has been done behind the scenes and, hopefully, some sort of announcement will be forthcoming after that, I'd like to think we are just waiting for a few pieces to fall into place. Everyone is 100 per cent convinced it will happen."

"The view is if there are any obstacles, how do we overcome them. There is a genuine will to see this happen. Without it happening, it is difficult to see a long term future at Millmoor in the current circumstances."

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